Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 22:31:55 -0700 From: Mary Bucholtz Subject: AAVE discourse I have an urgent request for references on AAVE discourse for use in a criminal trial that begins Monday. A public defender has asked for help in interpreting the interaction of the police and his client during interrogation. The features at issue are: (1) the discourse function of "That's what I'm saying" and (2) the use of understatement in AAVE. I'd be very grateful for any suggestions; I'll post the results to the list (and let you know how the case turns out). Thanks, Mary Bucholtz Department of Linguistics University of California, Berkeley bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]